eBook Appointments 2.2021

eBook Appointments
Thursday afternoons
Main Library, 3rd Floor Computer Lab

Learn how to checkout and download free eBooks from the San Mateo Public Library. Schedule a one-on-one 30 minute in-person appointment at the Main Library in the 3rd floor Computer Lab. Have your library card number and e-device with you. Registration required.
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Knitting supplies

Knitting Meetup
Sunday afternoons
Main Library, Laurel Room
2:00 PM

Whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or any other stitching come on out and enjoy some dedicated project time, help from other crafters, and lots of fun and friendship! All levels are welcome in this group. Please bring your own supplies.

Shut up and write!

Shut Up & Write!
Thursday evenings
Main Library
5:30 PM

Join other writers in a supportive and social group for writers of all kinds every Thursday evening. Whether you write for personal, professional, or other reasons, come prepared to work. This is not a critique or sharing group, but you are welcome to discuss your work during check-in time 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Silent writing is from 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM. Come late and leave early if you need to and bring a charged laptop as outlets are limited. Email Cynthia McCarthy at for notifications and updates.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Book Discussion: The Silent Patient
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Main Library, Oak Room
6:30 PM

Join us for a discussion of The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.  Contact Cynthia McCarthy at with questions.  View discussion titles for upcoming months.  Join the group's monthly electronic newsletter.


Vegetable Gardening in a Time of Drought
Saturday, May 7
11:00 AM

Spring is the time to plant your summer vegetable garden. At the same time, drought is upon us. Most of California was dry-farmed before irrigation systems were common. Learn about what crops can tolerate little to no water, and bring back some tried and true practices. Hear about ways to grow more food using the same amount of water by incorporating techniques like hydro-zoning, mulching, cover cropping, companion planting and regularly checking your irrigation system.  Coordinated by the City of San Mateo's Sustainability Program and the San Mateo Public Library, and presented by Master Gardeners Lisa and Kathleen Putnam.  Registration required.

Honey Bees

Honey Bees and Hive Health with Alphonse Avitabile
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Main Library, Oak Room
1:00 PM

With Alphonse Avitabile author of The Beekeepers Handbook now in it's 5th edition. A short lecture followed by a Q & A. Al will be joining us virtually from CT. Registration required.

Gene Slater

Author Event: Gene Slater
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Main Library, Oak Room
3:00 PM

Author Gene Slater will discuss his new book Freedom to Discriminate: How Realtors Conspired to Segregate Housing and Divide America.  The book uncovers realtors' role in segregating America and shaping modern conservative ideology.  Drawing on confidential documents from leaders of the real estate industry, Mr. Slater reveals how realtors created and justified residential segregation.

Paper Medallion Craft

Adult Craft: Paper Medallion
Monday, May 9, 2022
Main Library, Oak Room
10:00 AM

Learn how to make a paper medallion.  Registration required.


Meditation for Modern Life
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
6:00 PM

The ancient tradition of meditation has become even more valuable for us in modern times. In the midst of turmoil in our private lives and in the world, meditation is a tool that can be used to cope with the challenges and reduce stress. Meditation provides benefits on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Join us for an engaging workshop and learn a simple time-tested technique for meditation. Presented by Ajili Hodari, Esq., an attorney and longtime practitioner of meditation.  Registration required.

Joan Gelfand

Writers Helping Writers: You Can Be A Winning Writer
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
7:00 PM

Learn how the ‘4’c’s’ - craft, commitment, community and confidence can facilitate your path to publishing success. 

Author of three poetry collections and an award-winning chapbook of short fiction, Joan Gelfand’s reviews, stories, essays and poetry have appeared in national and international literary journals and magazines including The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Review of Books, PANK! Poetry Flash, The “J,” Rattle, Prairie Schooner, The Toronto Review, Voice and Verse and Levure Litteraire.  Winner of twenty writing awards, Joan has taught for California Poets in the Schools, Poetry Out Loud and The Writing Salon. “You Can Be a Winning Writer,” Joan’s Amazon #1 best seller has inspired writers from coast to coast and in Mexico. 

Writers Helping Writers meets the second Wednesday of the month in partnership with the California Writers Club-SF Peninsula Branch. Please contact Cynthia McCarthy at for the Zoom link.


Tech Help
Tuesday afternoons, May 13 & May 27, 2022
Marina Library

Do you have any questions about computers or electronic devices? Come to the Marina Library on May 13 and May 27 to get help with any technology related questions. Please remember to bring your library card and electronic device. Each appointment provides one-on-one instruction for 30 minutes. Registration required.
Registration for May 13
Registration for May 27


Fundamental Rules for Investment Success
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Main Library, Oak Room
11:00 AM

During this informative presentation discover critical information that investors must know in order to achieve investment success. Learn about the fundamental rules of investment, with a special focus on an important goal—saving for retirement. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley. Registration required.

Young Chamber Musicians

Young Chamber Musicians' Concert
Saturday, May 22, 2022
Main Library, Oak Room
2:00 PM

Musicians, ages 14 through 19, plan to perform works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Franck, and Shostakovich. There is no registration.